Police Officer's Tip And Heartfelt Note For Pregnant Waitress Goes Viral

Courtney English was moved to tears when she learned of the anonymous officer's kind gesture.

Gloucester, NJ – An expectant mother working as a waitress in a diner was shocked to learn that a Voorhees Township police officer left her a huge tip and a note before he wordlessly left the restaurant on Friday.

Waitress Courtney English, 23, is expecting her first child on April 1, NJ Advance Media reported.

She was serving the Lamp Post Diner’s bustling lunch crowd when the anonymous officer stopped in for a quick meal.

“We didn’t really even talk. I brought him his menu, he ordered a salad and I got it for him," English said. “I was telling the people at the table behind him that it was my first baby.”

When he finished up, the officer paid his bill at the register and left the diner.

It wasn’t until later that the young waitress learned of his generous act of kindness.

“Enjoy ur 1st,” he jotted on his bill, along with a $100 tip. “You will never forget it.”

English said she was so touched by his gesture, it brought her to tears. She wanted to thank him, but he was already gone and she never had the chance, she said.

"I'm just really grateful for this officer's kindness," English told the Gloucester Township Patch. "It's truly a blessing to come across people like him and I'm forever thankful for that."

Her father, Brian Cadigan, said that English is working hard to save as much money as she can before her baby arrives.

Cadigan snapped a photo of the officer’s note and posted it to Facebook to show his family’s appreciation for the selfless act of kindness.

“This officer, who I am sure works his butt off for his paycheck, left her a $100 tip on a $9.00 ticket,” the grateful grandfather-to-be explained.

“It’s not the amount, it’s the humanity of it,” Cadigan told NJ Advance Media. “He saw she was struggling and a young girl. She was working in a diner while pregnant, standing with that kind of weight on her, and it was his way of saying, ‘I understand your struggle.’”

He said that the officer’s note was the most touching part of the entire gesture.

"It was from the heart. It really touched her," Cadigan told the Courier Post. "There have been plenty of situations where she got a nice tip, but just the little remark was what got her."

“You always hear about how Bad the Police are, How They treated you like dirt, how they are on a Power Trip,” Cadigan wrote in the Facebook post. “I am sure there are some bad apples, but most of them are just doing their jobs, they deal with the worst of society every day and have to keep going back everyday and deal with it all over again. They risk their lives each day just to do their job.”

“Most of the good stuff they do you will never hear about,” he continued. They don't do it for glory or recognition, they do it because they are good people.”

The post had been shared thousands of times.

“What a wonderful person to not only leave a VERY generous tip, but a lovely message, I don't know you Mr Police Officer, but you made my little girl cry, and made her year,” Cadigan wrote. “Thank you, I always had the utmost respect for Officers, but you went above and beyond not just an officer, but a beautiful human being. God Bless.”

English said she is expecting a little girl, and that she has already named her Kayleigh, NJ Advance Media reported.

The officer wishes to remain anonymous, Voorhees Police Chief Louis Bordi said.

Comments (13)
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KMdale
KMdale

Well done, Officer.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Awesome story. This is why I'm so proud of my profession.

Copfamily
Copfamily

♥️

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Dad’s right, we may never get recognized for the good we do. This is a feel good story. Good job officer.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Love it, made my morning! God bless the Officer and the waitress and her 1st baby!!! 🙏👏💙🇺🇸

Gramercy
Gramercy

Certainly nice to read something, somewhere...that can bring a smile! Thank you, Officers!

TBUPS
TBUPS

👏👏👏❤❤❤❤❤

bronx163
bronx163

Even COPS are humanbeings with hearts of solid Gold.

DGraves
DGraves

I’m a 62 year old veteran and this story brought tears of joy that there’s still loving humanity and this time it was a wonderful police officer... Thanks God.

NavyLEOSupport
NavyLEOSupport

Wonderful. I know many cops with giving hearts like this gentleman. Thank You, Hero.

SteveH1975
SteveH1975

What an absolute legend. Like what was said above, you don't hear much of all the good that officers do on a daily basis, they save lives, they help people who cant help themselves, the continually put themselves in danger on a daily basis. It's a shame there's not more videos of the good stuff they do instead of people trying to hang them out to dry. The officer should come forward, he deserves the utmost respect, as all good officers do

xcop137
xcop137

I think Police Officers do these kinds of acts of kindness all the time, but you don’t hear about it. We go into homes that have been torn apart by drugs, alcohol etc. and look into the eyes of kids stricken with fear and hurt. We are constantly dealing with broken people, so doing kind acts is therapeutic for officers.